Friday, January 25, 2019

Quick and Easy Birthday Cards

Happy New Year!

The Sisters In Stamping asked me to join them this week in creating quick and easy birthday cards.  I was happy to join in.  I can always use birthday cards!

I always start with DSP when I make quick and easy cards.  It takes the guess work out of figuring out which colors to use.  And, I don't like a lot of white space; just not my style.

So, I broke out my new Happiness Blooms DSP.  It's so cute, right?!?!  I chose four designs from the pack and cut them down.  I then mounted those pieces on cardstock card bases. 

Next, I grabbed the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamps.  I used the Happy Birthday sentiment and stamped on Whisper White using Night of Navy ink.  I punched out the stamped sentiment using the Pretty Label Punch.  I then used the same punch and punched on Night of Navy cardstock.

I decided I wanted balloons on my cards.  So, I used my Balloon Bouquet Punch and punched out balloons from Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, and Calypso Coral cardstock.

Once everything was punched, I then assembled each card.  I layered the punched sentiment piece on the Night of Navy pieces in different ways.  Once I adhered everything down, I added some bows made from 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon and 3/8" Satin Ribbon in the matching colors.  I glued those down and finished the cards by placing some Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots along the punched sentiment.

These cards took me very little time - quick and easy :) 

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.

Check out the quick and easy cards that Debbie and Jennifer made here!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Crafty Christmas Ornaments

This week, Karla asked us to make a Christmas ornament.  I thought on this a long time.  This wasn't an easy theme for me this week!  But, I did what I know and do best - I alter things!  I started out with a bangle jewelry box.  I covered it with a piece of Merry Merlot cardstock.  I then ran a couple pieces of Copper Foil Sheets and the Blizzard Thinlits Die through the Big Shot.  I carefully extracted the snowflake pieces and set them aside.  I cut the die cut sheet into the size of the box and adhered it over the Merry Merlot.  After that was done, I adhered a piece of the Merry Merlot and Copper ribbon to the outside of the box.  I also used a few other pieces to make the hanging piece and bow.

I took the punched out snowflakes and layered them.  I had small copper brads, so used them to hold the pieces together.  I then randomly placed them on the front of the box,  using dimensionals.  You can't tell, but I sometimes used 2 or 3 dimensionals, stacked on top of each other, to give the snowflakes different heights.

It's a bit much, but it's done!  I can't wait to see how it looks on my tree this year :)  Thanks for looking and please check out the other SISer's ornaments here!

Have a wonderful day and a wonderful holiday season!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Non-ink pad coloring

I wanted to see what kinds of coloring projects the Sisters In Stamping could come up with and challenged them to create something using coloring tools other than ink pads.  They can use markers, watercolor pencils, blender pens, aqua painters, etc.

I love to color, so I love images that I can stamp in black then and color.

I bought the SU! watercolor pencils a while ago, but just haven't had a chance to use them.  I did use them for this project!

Here is the card I made:

I stamped the images and sentiment from the Making Christmas Bright and Signs of Santa sets.  I did color in the images with my pencils, but did not use an aqua painter or blender pen after coloring.  It was a lot of lights to color, but I think this is a fun and happy card because of all of the color :)

Please check out the other ladies' creations here.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

This week's theme is to make a quick and easy Christmas card.  I don't think I know how to make anything quick and easy.  I tend to make a mountain out of a mole hill!  LOL

But, with DSP, it does make things quicker and easier.  When you use DSP, you already know your colors.  So, I pull the cardstock, ink pads, and ribbons that match and get started!

I started off with the Joyous Noel Specialty DSP.  I love copper in crafting and this paper is so beautiful!  I also used the new Copper Foil Sheets.

I stamped sentiment images from the Traditions Punch Box set and punched them out.  I also used the Pretty Label Punch and Circle Punches.  I then adhered the stamped images, tied ribbon on the card, and before I knew it, I had 10 cards!  Here is a sample of the cards I made.

The ribbons I used were Merlot Copper Ribbon and Vanilla Copper Ribbon.  Oh, I also used the Braided Linen Trim.

Head on over to the Sisters In Stamping blog to see their quick and easy Christmas cards.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Set of Christmas Tags

This week, Jennifer asked us to make a set of gift tags.  Since Christmas is right around the corner, I wanted to make a set of Christmas tags.

I'm loving the Festive Farmhouse DSP and matching Twine!  It's very country, warm, and makes me happy!

I didn't want to use the same sentiment on each tag and wanted to use my Christmas Traditions Punch Box stamps and punch.  So, I took the ink colors from the DSP (Cherry Cobbler and Mellow Moss) and stamped on both Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock (both are in the DSP).  After I stamped the sentiments, I took cardstock in Cherry Cobbler and Mellow Moss and ran different sizes of the Stitched Shaped Thinlit dies through the Big Shot.  I also punched out 1 1/2" circles of both colors.

Then, I started assembling!  After I layered and adhered the pieces, I used the twine to finish them up.  It was fun and I made a lot!

Here they are:

Hop on over to the SIS blog here to see the other sets of gift tags!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, November 16, 2018

A Simple Sympathy Card

Sadly, I've entered that age in my life where I started needing Sympathy cards.  So, it's nice to have some made when the need arises.  I've noticed that all of my Sympathy cards are generally for women.  So, when Debbie picked this week's theme to make a Sympathy card, I decided to try to make one a little more masculine.  It was hard not to use ribbon and other girly embellishments, but I did it!

Here is my card:

I kept it very simple by using the Tranquil Textures DSP.  It's got a lot of great masculine colors.  I ran one of the sheets through the Big Shot using the Detailed Dragonfly die.  I stamped the sentiment from the Flourishing Phrases set.  I also used the Banner Triple Punch.

Not much else to say on this one.  Please check out the other Sympathy cards made by the Sisters In Stamping here.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, November 9, 2018

First Stampin' Up! Stamp Set

Wow, I can't believe I bought my very first Stampin' Up! stamp set in 2000.  How have 18 years gone by already????  I remember buying this stamp set from a coworker who was having a party and knew I was a scrapbooker.  She brought in the catalog and explained that all you needed was some stamps, ink, and paper to create any scrapbook page needed.   Little did I know I'd still be stamping with SU! 18 years later!

I saw this set and because I have pet bunnies, I had to have it!  So, it was the very first set I bought.  Now 18 years later, I still have it and won't ever part with it!  It's just too cute and I love it so much!


I should have taken a picture of the set, but borrowed the image from Bowlmeli, who is selling it on EBay.  

So, this is the card I made.  I decided to keep it very simple, since the style is very different.  I stamped the images on Whisper White and colored them in, using my SU! markers - mainly the Brights Markers.  I then tied a piece of Bermuda Bay ribbon and adhered it down on a Bermuda Bay card base.  The final touch was to use some pearly white puffy paint on the tail.  Simple and easy!
I can't wait to see the other Sisters In Stamping first sets!  Check them out here.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!